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Carrying Your Weight

"Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee" (Genesis 12:1).

When God called Abram to leave his home and go to Canaan, He knew every detail of Abram's journey. Abram, of course, did not. He didn't even know where Canaan was (Hebrews 11:8), let alone understand how God would make of him "a great nation." And yet, he packed up everything and began the journey. Hebrews tells us that Abram followed the Lord "by faith," not by sight. Through his faith, a new nation was born. Through his faith, the great King was born—the eternal King that would redeem the world.

Abram did not complete his journey without problems. Occasionally, he tried to operate God's plan by his own "sight." Rather than be steward of God's promised plan, he attempted to implement plans of his own. However, God's gracious patience with His "Friend" (James 2:23) resulted in Abram's enduring faith, and the fulfillment of God's promises.

Flexible, Adaptable, and Teachable (FAT)

God's accounting of Abram's life demonstrates to us that Abram was unusually FAT. In humility, Abram adjusted his own life—his own way of thinking—in order to fulfill God's directives. But from Abram's perspective, that obedience required him to flex with radical course changes on his journey, learn new ways of living, and adapt to very new surroundings.

As the pace of the world quickens every day, we sometimes feel like we are being left behind. But God is sovereign and in control. He never changes (Hebrews 13:8). And what He leads us into will result in blessings to us and to all those we obediently influence for His Kingdom.

ICR is committed to remaining faithful to God's leadership. We understand ourselves to be stewards of the knowledge and truth discovered through the Scriptures as well as through science. The "facts" ICR uncovers through its research have meaning only in the context of Scripture and in their under girding and application of our witness for the truth of the "glorious gospel" (I Timothy 1:11).

ICR, the Lord enabling us, will be Flexible, Adaptable, and Teachable as we seek to serve His Kingdom. Please share with us.

Cite this article: Henry M. Morris III, D.Min. 2006. FAT. Acts & Facts. 35 (8).

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